Australian filmmakers tend to turn to the desert when they're looking for trouble. The desert is where white men go mad in our films, like the redneck roo-shooting maniacs in Wake in Fright or the murderous motorheads in Mad Max 2. Black men, on the other hand, often have special powers and savage nobility, as in Walkabout. The desert doesn't necessarily represent death to them, although few of our films have bothered to consider Aboriginal views of landscape, beyond a crude sort of pop spiritualism. Director Sue Brooks and writer Alison Tilson who made Road to Nhill together are seeking revelation - like many who have gone to the desert since Jesus - but of a more contemporary sort. The film has no real rednecks, no frill-necked lizards, no wise old tribals, no killer truckies.
At the time, soldiers were taught that surrender was the worst possible fate for a soldier — so when US forces invaded Japanese-occupied Guam in , Yokoi fled into the jungle. He dug a cave near a waterfall, covered it with bamboo and reeds, and survived by eating small animals. He had no idea, when he was discovered on January 24, by two hunters near a river, that the war had ended decades ago. He attacked the hunters, who were able to overpower the weakened soldier and escorted him to authorities, where he revealed his bizarre story. During the US invasion he and a number of other soldiers made their way into the jungle to avoid being taken as prisoners of war. During his 27 years in isolation, he survived by eating frogs, rats, and eels as well as fruits and nuts, according to his obituary in The New York Times. He made his own shelter, using bamboo and reeds to cover a cave he dug himself.
Japanese Story is a Australian romantic drama film directed by Sue Brooks. Sandy Edwards played by Toni Collette is a director in a company that designs geological software in Perth, Western Australia. Her business partner manipulates her into agreeing to act as a guide for a Japanese businessman visiting mines in the Pilbara desert, in hopes that he will purchase the software. At first, Sandy is angered by his reserved, demanding demeanor.
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